Brina and Eagan meet for the first time when she's nine and he's fourteen. They like each other from the very beginning, although their bond isn't immediate, but it grows over the years. What links them is the fact that their parents are photographers and are extremely devoted to their work and to each other; so much so that both Brina and Eagan have to learn how to take care of themselves from a very young age. Despite their differences, age, gender, nationality, Brina is Italian and Eagan is American, they find comfort in their growing friendship.
Then Brina becomes a teenager, and her feelings for her friend start changing and deepening. New desires stir within her. As soon as Brina realizes how those feelings complicate her friendship with Eagan, she runs away from him.
A few years later, Brina is twenty and Eagan is twenty-five, they find one another once again. Brina is studying cinema in Rome and she's also trying to become a musician. Eagan begins to work as an architect in the same city. Eagan wants to be a part of Brina's life anew. Brina, however, is still in love with him; she finds it difficult to act merely as a friend and she keeps pulling away.
Set in the beautiful Rome, this is a sensual and romantic story of friendship and love.
I really enjoy books where best friends fall for one another, so I was game to read this one by Petra F. Bagnardi, and the beautiful cover didn't hurt either.
There is a 5 year age difference between Brina and Eagan, but that doesn't stop them from bonding and becoming friends as they wade through life practically without their parents because said parents are so busy with their jobs and each other. It is because of this, Brina and Eagan form such a strong bond that borders on needy and unhealthy...and they know this and struggle with their budding feelings.
I found the writing to be lyrical and poetic, most of the time puzzling me and confusing me. I felt like the author didn't complete thoughts before jumping into something new and different. She would jump back and forth from past to present so much that it gave me readers whiplash at times, but despite that, I found myself unable to give up reading this book.
Like I said, Ms. Bagnardi writes very poetically, more figuratively than literally. Her metaphors and such were quit brilliant. One thing that I found to be a drag was Brina unreasonably emoness. She was constantly crying and hating herself over her love for her best friend, and I wish there was more insight into Eagan. He was shrouded in mystery that most of the time I didn't know what he was feeling. But I think that's what the author wanted. She gave us insight into his character more towards the end which was nice to read. This book made my brain work that's for sure. I had a love/hate relationship with it. At times it aggravated me. Ms. Bagnardi would go on and on about characters nationalities as if it was pertinent information, but would skip out on building a scene. The scenes were constantly shifting and chapter would be over before you knew it without gaining much in my opinion.
However the passion between Brina and Eagan is indisputable. I saw it from the very beginning when they were both so young and in the flashbacks when she was 11 and he was 16 and you know it's wrong to want them to be together at that age (just like Eagan knew) but you can't deny the attraction. They've loved each other form the start and it's a great story on growing up and trying to be able to breathe and be your own person without becoming consumed by each other. The love scenes we were given were magnificent in their lyrical prose.
Either Petra F. Bagnardi is a brilliant writer or not.. I haven't decided. My head is still reeling from reading this book. I liked it. It's a good book, I'm just not sure most people can appreciate her writing style. It's different from most writers out there. I guess I can compare it to the book The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. You either love it or you hate it. I didn't know weather to give A Veil of Glass and Rain 2 Olives or 4 Olives, so I met in the middle. lol.